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Old 06-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #736
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Cost of photo cd with all pictures on 12 night cruise

Hopefully someone from the recent Greece cruise will be able to post how much the Shutters cd with all photos cost on the 12 night cruise. An earlier post mentioned that we can now pre purchase it for $399 without having to pay VAT, but if it costs the same on the cruise I will probably just wait.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #737
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Yes, but then I have to be somewhere at a specific time, and I am not in the mood to be regimented that way, especially if I discover something else I knew nothing about or if I want to linger at some other place prior.
My mother said that. So we stood in line for half an hour. Get there EARLY if you insist on this plan, but do not miss the inside do to the line. Amazing. And I have seen some of the great cathedrals in Europe and this was one of the best ever
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:12 PM   #738
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Using the last of my minutes now
Only Greece, nothing for Turkey
We walked into BVT at 8:30 and didn't even sit down... Handed us a ticket and sent us with the line that was already heading to the forward deck to get on the tender.
We got to all five but corniglia there was only time to climb the steps... If you want to see the town, you will need to plan to catch the 2nd train rather than the first after you get there. Watch the schedule because some don't stop there.
Yes, we docked, not tender in Mykonos.
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Thanks for answering so quickly! Glad you had an amazing cruise!! I forgot another question- did the cruise pretty much stick to the pre-set port arrival/departure times as listed on the itinerary, or did you have any earlier ashore/all-aboard times in any of the ports?
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:18 AM   #739
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Yes, but then I have to be somewhere at a specific time, and I am not in the mood to be regimented that way, especially if I discover something else I knew nothing about or if I want to linger at some other place prior.
I became a friend of La Sagrada Familia to skip the lines yet not be limited to a specific hours. For a family of 4 (potentially 6), it also works out to less money for tickets, not to mention the discounts on the extras such as gift shop and audio guides. Towers are also included, but not guaranteed for any given time as you are assigned first available spot from the moment you request the tickets, which may be hours later. I did it, it is super easy and they either mail the cards / tickets to you or have them waiting for you at the ticket booth. I highly recommend people look into this!
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:28 AM   #740
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I became a friend of La Sagrada Familia to skip the lines yet not be limited to a specific hours. For a family of 4 (potentially 6), it also works out to less money for tickets, not to mention the discounts on the extras such as gift shop and audio guides. Towers are also included, but not guaranteed for any given time as you are assigned first available spot from the moment you request the tickets, which may be hours later. I did it, it is super easy and they either mail the cards / tickets to you or have them waiting for you at the ticket booth. I highly recommend people look into this!
This sounds great. How much was it and is it valid for only a year?
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:34 AM   #741
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This sounds great. How much was it and is it valid for only a year?
I think it was 38 Euro. It is good only for the year. I got 4 cards in the mail with my family members name on them (Oldest daughter is 19, I think age limit is 24 but I really can't remember) In the pack they sent to me here in Greece there were also two tickets for entrance that I am free to give away to whomever I choose.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:45 AM   #742
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I think it was 38 Euro. It is good only for the year. I got 4 cards in the mail with my family members name on them (Oldest daughter is 19, I think age limit is 24 but I really can't remember) In the pack they sent to me here in Greece there were also two tickets for entrance that I am free to give away to whomever I choose.
Wow what a great deal!! Thanks for the tip! We decided not to go this year when we were there because it was expensive for the 5 of us and we wantez to climb the towers too. We are doing the transatlantic next year and plan to visit it then
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:12 AM   #743
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Oh no, Croatia is joining the EU on 1st July 2013 so that means our 12 nighter with Venice and Dubrovnik will get charged VAT Boo hiss!

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:16 AM   #744
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what is VAT?
VAT is Value Added Tax which basically means 20% (or thereabouts, 23% in Greece) sales tax. In Europe itself, it is normally added into the price on the shelf so you don't 'feel' it at the check out. However, on the ship, prices are without VAT already added in, so at the check out something which costs 20 dollars just became 25 dollars. This tax gets paid to the government, Disney is not keeping it, it is not their fault (except for not throwing in a non EU port on the 7 night, lol)
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Cold buffet with local dishes, mostly recognizable food. And fresh fruit and veggies. They served a hot plate of fish or chicken. Then baklava for dessert and hot apple tea.
Love Baklava ....there is a stall that sells it at our village market every month!! Nom nom!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:06 AM   #746
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Wow what a great deal!! Thanks for the tip! We decided not to go this year when we were there because it was expensive for the 5 of us and we wantez to climb the towers too. We are doing the transatlantic next year and plan to visit it then
I look forward to reading that report, too I just remembered, I think the cards also get admission to the museum at parc guell! The deal was just too good for me to pass up. To be honest, if in the end we are not able to get to any of these places, I still will feel that I have contributed to the building fund. so, yes, I think it is totally worth it
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:43 AM   #747
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I became a friend of La Sagrada Familia to skip the lines yet not be limited to a specific hours. For a family of 4 (potentially 6), it also works out to less money for tickets, not to mention the discounts on the extras such as gift shop and audio guides. Towers are also included, but not guaranteed for any given time as you are assigned first available spot from the moment you request the tickets, which may be hours later. I did it, it is super easy and they either mail the cards / tickets to you or have them waiting for you at the ticket booth. I highly recommend people look into this!
That is a great deal! In addition, you can purchase advance tickets at any ServiceCaxia (Caxia ATM) and they are everywhere. There's a purchase ticket option on the screen.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #748
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FE Exchange for 8/17/13 Med. cruise

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If anyone on the Med. cruise on 8/17/13 on the Magic is interested, we are planning an FE Exchange. Just go to the cruise meets thread: 17th August 2013 Magic in the Med (7nights) . You can find all the info. there and PM me if you would like to sign up.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #749
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Hi. I just took pictures of our passports and saved them to our iPhone in our security app. That way we don't have to carry around photocopies of our passports. I'm getting really excited! Kelly.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #750
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This is what I've been hearing so far as well, but we'll have to wait until this first Greece/Turkey cruise returns this week to confirm for sure. Fingers crossed for no VAT!
Just got back from the 12-day Med that had a Turkey port of call (Kusadasi). I did not buy anything myself but the rest of the family assure me that they were not charged VAT for onboard purchases and spa treatments. They said $19.95 items ended being ~$18 with the 10% discount.
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